It is harām for a male to teach girls of six years and over?




A South African Mufti wrote on the topic of sexual molestation of little girls in madaaris and issued a fatwa that “It is HARAAM for a male to teach girls of six years and over even if the teacher has the countenance of a Buzrug.” He says this age limit was mentioned by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi.

Please clarify this. How was this age limit (of 6 years) decided, and is this hurmat only due to khalwa happening between the teacher and the girl, or is it haram under any and all conditions?




In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

This is the opinion of Mufti A.S. Desai (dāmat barakātuh), a senior Ālim of South Africa. If you require further clarification on his fatwā, you may contact him directly at the following address:

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Bilal Mohammad

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


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